All posts tagged: Gyeongbokgung palace

Korea, the country of morning freshness

In antiquity, wise men have been long locking horns about the harmonious balance of the two principal elements of our being : male and female, black and white, mind and soul, to put it shortly, yin and yang. In one state of the world, South Korea, this problem does not simply figure prominently on the official level, it is displayed on the national flag. Sometimes it seems as if the whole population of this country, those people who manifacture household appliances or cars, those who build idyllic Zen Buddhist monasteries on wood-covered mountain slopes, were taking part in solving the issue. The capital of South Korea greets you with glittering skyscrapers of the business quarter, heavy traffic along busy street, the rhythmical hum of moving stairs in shopping malls. One of the principal symbols of Seoul is the huge Gyeongbokgung palace, erected in the 16th century and many times rebuilt since then. Korean architecture is such that all palaces are not simply separate buildings, but cascades of buildings of varying shapes and sizes, situated on different …